Common Causes of Memory Loss, Depression, Lyme Disease
Memory loss is one of the most common reasons that people, especially the elderly, consult a doctor. Sometimes family members find and report the loss of memory. The biggest concern for the person, family members and doctors usually whether the memory loss is the first sign of Alzheimer‘s disease, a progressive and incurable form of dementia (a type of brain disorder). People with dementia have lost the ability to think clearly. Usually when people aware to be concerned enough of her memory loss, they do not have early dementia.
Memory can be stored in short-term or long-term memory, depending on what they are and how important they. For the person Short-term memory holds a small amount of information that a person needs, temporarily, as a list of things to buy in the supermarket. Long-term memory, as the name suggests, stores memories (such as the person’s name, high school) for a long time. Short-term memory and long term memory is stored in a different part of the brain. Long-term memory is stored in many areas of the brain. A part of the brain (the hippo-campus) helps kind of new information and connect them with already stored in the brain similar information. This process will be short-term memory into long term memory. Recalled or rehearsed more often short-term memory, the more likely they are to have become long-term memories
Are the most common causes of memory loss
Age-related changes in the memory (most common)
Mild cognitive impairment
Age-related changes in memory are related to the normal slight decline in brain function that occurs with age. Most older people have a few problems with the memory. Retrieving memories of new things, such as what is the name of a new neighbor or how to use a new computer program that lasts longer. Older people also need new memories often rehearse for the memories to be stored. People with this type of memory loss sometimes forget things, like where they left their car keys. But for them, as opposed to people with dementia, the ability to do daily activities or think, is not affected. Over time, these people usually remember, although sometimes later than comfortable. This type of memory loss is not a sign of dementia or early Alzheimer‘s disease.
Mild cognitive impairment is an imprecise term for impairment of intellectual function, describing heavier than normal age-related changes, but less severe than those caused by dementia. Memory loss is often the most obvious symptom. People with mild cognitive impairment have difficulty remembering recent conversations and can forget important appointments or social events, but they remember past events in general. Attention and ability to do the daily activities are not affected. However, about half of the people with mild cognitive impairment develop dementia within 3 years.
Dementia is a much more serious decline in mental function (see dementia). Memory loss, especially in the newly acquired information is often the first symptom, and it gets worse with time. People who dementia may all events, not only to forget the details. You have trouble remembering how to do things that they have done many times before to do and how. To places that they have frequently been received You can do things that no longer do many steps as required for example for a recipe. People may forget to pay bills or keep appointments. You can forget to switch a stove, lock the house when they leave, or take care of a child in their care left. They are unaware of their memory loss and often deny that they have such losses. Finding the right word, object naming, understanding the language, and do, planning and organizing daily activities more and more difficult. People with dementia ultimately lose their way, without knowing what time or what year it is or where they are. Change your personality. You can see more irritable, anxious, paranoid, inflexible or disturbing.
There are many forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common (see Alzheimer’s Disease). Deteriorate Most forms of dementia gradually until the death of the person.
Some conditions that appear to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes) to increase the risk of dementia.
Depression can be a kind of memory loss (so-called pseudo-dementia), the memory loss similar result for dementia. Also dementia often leads to depression. Thus, to determine whether dementia or depression is the cause of memory loss can be difficult. However, people with memory loss due to depression, in contrast to those with dementia, aware of their memory loss and complain about it are. Also, they forget who rarely important current events or personal matters, and usually other symptoms such as sadness, sleep problems (too little or too much), inertia, or loss of appetite.
Stress can prevent the formation of a memory and with reference to a memory, some worrying people, and therefore before the attention to other things that disturb. However, under certain circumstances, especially when stress is mild to moderate and not long memory performance may increase.